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Commentary on the present and future of culture, politics, economics, and social values................... "At any given instant/All solids dissolve, no wheels revolve,/And facts have no endurance." W.H. Auden.
Monday, December 06, 2004
Listen to Pakistan's President Musharraf on Iraq. He is a realist who is speaking his mind and telling the US what it needs to hear:
The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was a mistake that has made the world a more
dangerous place, but a swift withdrawal would make matters worse, Pakistan's
president said this weekend."I think it's less safe," Gen. Pervez Musharraf
said on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer." Asked whether he considered
the invasion a mistake, the Pakistani leader said: "With hindsight, yes. We have
landed ourselves in more trouble, yes."
Musharraf is a friend of the US, not a carping critic. His words should carry weight in re-formulating US policy.
The problem is that the US may be in a situation where it cannot withdraw, even from a mistaken invasion. Grab the tiger's tail, and you cannot let go!
New thinking is needed. Maybe Musharraf's words will help prompt it.